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Public Statues and Sculpture Association

Boris Howarth (1941–2009)

Sculptor born in Blackpool. He studied English at Lancaster University from 1965, co-founded Lancaster Street Theatre in 1968 and was involved with Welfare State International in Ulverston in 1969 with his wife, the pebble mosaic artist, Maggy Howarth. Throughout his life he acted, directed, wrote and taught for the theatre. In 1983 he began stone carving, specialising in low reliefs, and in 1997 set up annual workshops in the Lune Valley, Lancashire, for the Countryside Commission. He collaborated with Maggy Howarth on commissions for the children of Dunblane, Scotland, in 1998; on millennium commissions at Longridge, Ribchester and Downham in Lancashire; and on a millennium entrance for Newcastle’s Hoppings Fair. His independently designed tombstones, cut in numerous different materials, may be seen in churchyards in Melling, Merseyside; Leck, Lancashire; Tunstall, Yorkshire; and Far Sawrey and Ambleside, Cumbria. His Millennium Cross, 2000, is at Berry Lane, Longridge, Lancashire.

Bibliography: D.A. Cross, Public Sculpture of Lancashire and Cumbria, Liverpool, 2017, p. xvi; Guardian, 18 May 2009 (obituary); Boris Howarth website (; accessed January 2008; website no longer extant).

David A. Cross, 2017